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Police Accuse Tribal School of Training Child Combatants

On Monday, police in the central Philippine city of Cebu raided a temporary school for displaced Indigenous children and detained 26 people, including 19 children. Police allege the school was training children as “armed combatants” for the communist…
Arrested teachers and adult Indigenous students confer with their lawyer while detained in a Cebu City jail. 
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Duterte’s Campus Anti-Drug Plans Threaten Student Safety, Education Rights

(Manila) – The Philippine government’s plan for mandatory drug testing for all college students and applicants seriously threatens their safety and right to education, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 2, 2017, the official …
Students protest extrajudicial killings at a university in metro Manila, Philippines, September 30, 2016.
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Armed Islamists, Government Forces Undermine Right to Education

  On June 21, dozens of armed Islamist rebels stormed and occupied a school on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, the latest in a slew of attacks that highlight the continued risks children face seeking an education in the volatile…
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University’s LGBT Student Group Provides Support System

  Patrick’s knees were shaking as he marched with his university in the Pride Parade in the Philippine capital, Manila. “It’s a big step for me,” he said. “To accept my sexuality and to come out of the closet.”…
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Summary [Senator and boxing legend] Manny Pacquiao says we’re not human. They should just let us be. – Edgar T., an 18-year-old gay high school student in Manila, February 2017 Schools should be…
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Discrimination and Lack of Support Undermine Right to Education

(Manila, June 22, 2017) – Students across the Philippines experience bullying and discrimination in school because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While Philippine law…
A girl covers anti-LGBT messages in rainbow handprints during a Pride rally in Manila on June 27, 2015.
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Investigate and Shutter Unofficial Police Lock-Up Cells

(New York) – The Philippine government should immediately release the alleged drug suspects unlawfully detained in a Manila police station “secret jail,” and ensure their protection after release, Human Right Watch said today. The…
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Setback for Efforts to Curb Fast-Growing HIV Epidemic

The Philippine Department of Education this week rejected a proposal to distribute condoms in public high schools. The proposal, made by the Department of Health, was an overdue response to the country’s worsening human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)…
Students receive free condoms at an event organized by the United Nations Population Fund in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, July 11, 2014.
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Hundreds of Filipino children were barred from attending class when schools opened this week. The reason? The children have been living in shelters in Zamboanga City since their families fled fighting in the southern Philippines, and the…
Zamboanga East and West Central School, Zamboanga City, Philippines, 2013.
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Last summer, Nina Nikolayevna lost the school in eastern Ukraine where she was the principal. It was shelled by heavy artillery fire during the armed conflict. Thirteen-year-old Martha was forced to flee her village in South Sudan because of…
School in Nikishine, eastern Ukraine, damaged during fighting between Ukrainian government and rebel forces from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015.
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#WatchOurSchools Campaign Urges Leaders to End Military Use of Schools

The Hague – The Dutch government should be the first European Union nation to take concrete measures to implement the Safe Schools Declaration, Human Rights Watch said today at the opening of its #WatchOurSchools campaign. The declaration is designed to…
School in Nikishine, eastern Ukraine, damaged during fighting between Ukrainian government and rebel forces from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015.
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Some valuable truths underlie Oplan Bayanihan, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 16-month-old internal peace and security plan. Chief among them are that the various insurgent groups in the Philippines are unlikely to be beaten by force alone, that…
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"We told the children not to enter the building because the soldiers had weapons everywhere,” an official explained as he pointed to the corner of a government office where the soldiers had stacked guns. The troops  had arrived in Gueday, a small village…
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Armed Forces Should Cease Military Use of Schools

(New York) – The Philippine armed forces should end its unlawful use of schools for military purposes, Human Rights Watch said today. During a recent eight-day investigation in the Cordillera Autonomous Region on northern Luzon island, Human Rights Watch…
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Leadership on Child Labor is Undermined by Government Position on New ILO Treaty

(New York) The Dutch government is leading efforts to end child labor as the host of  an international conference next week, but the government should also support binding international standards to protect domestic workers,  Human Rights Watch said.…
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Strengthening the Security Council’s Response to Sexual Violence and Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict

For a full decade, the UN Security Council has addressed the severe abuses that children experience in armed conflict. Its response has included a series of six resolutions (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, and 1612), the creation of a specialized working…